Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The University Writing Program and the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters jointly sponsor a competitive program of teaching support for advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. These awards are intended to encourage doctoral candidates to expedite completion of their dissertations while offering valuable teaching experience.

Candidates selected will teach one section of Writing and Rhetoric (WR) in the fall 2017 semester and one section of WR in the spring 2018 semester.

Teaching Assistantships provide a tuition scholarship and an academic-year stipend of $19,000 for the academic year. Awardees cannot accept other teaching or research responsibilities during the assistantship year.

Applicants must be full-time graduate students in good standing in the College of Arts and Letters. At the time of application, applicants should have passed all departmental Ph.D. candidacy examinations, have a committee-approved dissertation topic, and be writing the dissertation. Applicants who will have been enrolled for five years or less at the start of the Fellowship year are preferred. Students in the 6th year of enrollment at the start of the Fellowship year will be considered, subject to the approval of the Dean of Arts & Letters.

Applications are subject to the graduate/postdoctoral funding policy of the College of Arts and Letters. Due to teaching schedules and related responsibilities, prorated or partial postdoctoral awards are not available.

Documents should be submitted electronically (PDF or Word) to Terri O’Bryan (, Coordinator of the University Writing Program by Friday, December 2, 2016. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that recommendations are submitted by the deadline.

The selection committee will consider the candidate’s overall academic performance, whether or not the applicant has completed his or her exams, and prior teaching experience.

Decisions will be announced in early January 2017. Candidates chosen are required to enroll in a 1.5 credit, pass-fail practicum on the teaching of writing in the spring 2017 term, to attend all University Writing Program faculty meetings during the academic year, and to fulfill other responsibilities consistent with good teaching practices. These requirements are in keeping with the mission of the Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program to provide support of teaching in preparation for an academic career.

Applications should include:

(1) a cover letter that addresses

a. applicant's candidacy status (department/year/main advisor)
b. candidate's dissertation topic and progress (one paragraph only)
c. relevance of the candidate's scholarly interests to the teaching of writing and rhetoric
d. candidate's teaching history (if any) and philosophy

Teaching materials from other institutions may be submitted but are not required.

(2) a separate page listing

a. name of the applicant’s graduate adviser
b. semester and year of entry into graduate studies at Notre Dame
c. a brief history of stipend support as a graduate student
d. a statement of whether or not the applicant has passed candidacy exams and has had the dissertation proposal approved

(3) a letter from the director of graduate studies confirming that

a. the applicant has passed candidacy exams
b. the applicant has had the dissertation proposal approved c. the director of graduate studies will request approval from the dean for the student to receive sixth-year funding as appropriate

(4) two recommendations from faculty members that address the applicant’s strengths as a scholar and teacher

(5) copies of existing teaching evaluations (all available CIF documentation)

(6) a current, abbreviated CV (no more than two pages)